The Client’s interests is obviously what is always paramount for an attorney representing an individual in any given case, in any arena of law. In Federal Disability Retirement law under FERS & CSRS, there is the added urgency in addition to the client — that of the continuing medical disability. For every attorney, there are always competing interests for the limited time of any attorney — taken up by consultation, proper and careful preparation of the Federal Disability Retirement application itself; preparation for a Merit Systems Protection Board Hearing; and many other issues. Time is the valuable commodity, and the attorney representing a Federal or Postal worker must take care to focus upon the essential aspects of what will ultimately result in the victory for the client: an approval of a Federal Disability Retirement claim from the Office of Personnel Management.
Sometime, read Anton Chekhov’s short story, Grief. It is about a man whose son has just died. As with any person with a tale to tell, it must be told. So it is with any Federal or Postal employee who suffers from a medical condition which impacts one’s ability to perform the essential elements of one’s job. There is a story to tell. At the same time, however, the Attorney who represents a person to obtain disability retirement must focus the story itself; to do otherwise ends up failing to serve the client’s best interest — the focus upon what will end in ultimate victory: an approval from the Office of Personnel Management granting the Client his or her Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire